Discover Charleston’s Finest Art and Architecture


This fall, Belmond Charleston Place invites you to uncover the city’s rich history with an exclusive Art and Architecture package. Discover the charming French Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour, which includes a 30-minute tour of the widely recognized Nathaniel Russell House. This exquisite home is located South of Broad and is known as one of America’s most important neoclassical townhouses. Immerse yourself in the Russell family’s luxurious lifestyle while exploring the restored three-story home and spacious gardens.

The tour concludes with a guided gallery tour of Robert Lange Studios, featuring the works of more than thirty artists. Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne as you peruse contemporary realist art in the heart of the historic district. The Charleston City Paper voted Robert Lange Studios the Best Art Gallery in Charleston for the last four years. At the conclusion of your tour, receive a Charleston book as a memento of your time in the Holy City.

Belmond Charleston Place offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Star dining, a full-service spa and unbeatable Southern hospitality.


Art and Architecture Package:
• Luxury accommodations
• Three hour Art and Architecture walking tour
• Nathaniel Russell House tour
• Robert Lange Studios art gallery tour with Veuve Clicquot Champagne provided
• Charleston book amenity

Rates: From $520 per room, per night
Please note: Package is valid for travel September 17 – November 22, 2015. Two night minimum stay required. Book Online >

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Downtown Discovered: South of Broad


Downtown Charleston is typically referred to as the Historic District but within the city center, a host of smaller neighborhoods exist, each offering a unique personality and experience for visitors. In our newest blog series, we will introduce you to some of Charleston’s most notable neighborhoods, starting with arguably its most famous – South of Broad.

As its name suggests, South of Broad is located south of Broad Street, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. Bordered by the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, this primarily residential area offers spectacular views of the Charleston harbor, where the two rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. The neighborhood is also home to Rainbow Row, one of the most famous streets in all of Charleston.

Concierge Tip: A visit to South of Broad isn’t complete without a stop at The Battery. Wander along the newly renovated, raised promenade for unparalleled views of the harbor. See if you can spot Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, in the distance!


Considered the most exclusive and affluent of the downtown neighborhoods, South of Broad is also one of it’s oldest with residences dating back to 1721. While a variety of architectural styles exist, most homes were built by wealthy plantation owners or merchants in the Georgian-Palladian style. Located on one of the most picturesque streets south of Broad, The Sword Gate House (located at 32 Legare Street), is named after the distinctive “Sword Gates” that stand guard at the entrance to the property. Each half of the gate has a central cross, formed by a vertical spear and a horizontally placed broadsword. A matching pair mark the entrance to The Citadel, the military college located downtown.

Concierge Tip: While wandering South of Broad can be a history lesson in itself, consider a tour of one of the historic homes in the neighborhood. The Heyward Washington House, where George Washington stayed on his tour of the South, the Edmonston Alston House or the Calhoun Mansion, the largest private residence downtown at 24,000 square feet, are open for tours. The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, which offers daily tours, has hosted pirates, patriots and presidents since the Colonial era.

Points of Interest:
Famous for its lush gardens and detailed iron gate-work, South of Broad is best explored on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Admire the flourishing window boxes and peak into the private gardens (but do mind your manners – these are private properties!) Look for urban alleyways like Stoll’s Alley, Philadelphia Alley or Price’s Alley, each offering an intimate view and journey back in time.

Concierge Tip: Plan to enjoy a picnic lunch at White Point Gardens after exploring the neighborhood. Stop by Goat. Sheep. Cow., with its 200-year-old brick walls and exposed beams, to pick up cheese, wine and charcuterie. Or, grab lunch from Burbage’s Grocery, a small, self-serve corner grocery in business since 1948.

While you may have known South of Broad as the title of a Pat Conroy novel (an author also see on our Portraits of Charleston wall), the neighborhood offers much more for visitors to Charleston. Grab a map from our concierge, and savor the best of the South as depicted through one of the most beautiful areas downtown.

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A Community United

CPH_1732_ACommunityUnited_Jul15_Logo_FB_HeaderThe sounds of Charleston during the summer time are unique and easily recognized by tourists and locals. You can often hear the distinct hum of cicadas, the clop, clop of horse’s hooves on the pavement as they carry tourists through the historic district of our beloved Holy City, and the ringing of church bells on almost every corner. However, on the night of June 17th, all those sounds seemed to stop. Nine innocent men and women were shot during their regular Wednesday night bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church. The church lost their senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney and nine families lost their loved ones. Would the Charleston community ever be the same?

Only time will tell but in the days after the tragedy, Charleston emerged as a strongly unified city. Grief and anger turned to love. The sounds of singing, prayer and encouragement filled the air. The community of Charleston had not backed down in fear; instead, they united in love, inspired to find ways to help those affected and make a change in our community.

Almost over night, more than 50 restaurateurs and beverage purveyors, under the direction of Mickey Bakst, General Manager of Charleston Grill, came together to donate food and beverage for a fundraising event for the families.

The event is already being described as unforgettable. Being held July 9th from 6:30-9:30pm in the Belmond Charleston Place Grand Ballroom, A Community United Event will donate 100% of the proceeds to the families of Emanuel AME. The event is also hosting an auction, available to supporters around the world. Beginning July 3rd at noon and ending July 9th at midnight, the more than 250 items are as varied as a VIP Grammy ticket package, 8-night Cape Town and Safari camp package and more than 100 pieces of art. Additional auction items will be available during the event. The evening will include music by The Mark Sterbank Group and the Lowcountry Voices gospel choir along with a program featuring Charleston and AME Church leaders. 100% of proceeds from the auction and the event will be donated directly to the nine families whose lives were forever changed that night.

Tickets for the event are $200 and can be purchased here.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support by participating in the auction online. All bids can be activated directly from your mobile phone.  View items and bid.

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